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Historic Panbari Masjid losing its glory
AF ashiqure rahman
 GOLAKGANJ, July 10 The historic Panbari Masjid, an example of the great architectural heights of the Mughals who came to this part of the country in the 16th century, is now fast losing its glory due to the apathy and negligence of government towards maintenance and preservation of the ancient monuments.

The Panbari Masjid situated on the national high way near Panbari in Dhubri district is considered to be the highest and oldest mosque of the State. History also accounts that this was built by an able administrator, Hussain Shah, in between AD 1493 and AD1519. He was the Governor of Bengal during the Moghul regime.

Panbari Pahar is known as a holy seat of Muslims. The scenic beauty of the hill with its rich flora, its unique location together with the archaeological importance hold promise of Panbari Pahar for becoming an important spot for tourists.

It is said that more than 200 years ago locals located this mosque in jungle. They cleaned the place where the mosque was situated and started to offer namaz there. During Idd, this mosque wears a special look. Thousands of people of all religions from different parts of the country visit this mosque during Idd. Not only the people from India but also foreign lands visit this place. If initiatives to protect and develop this mosque are taken it can be converted into an ideal tourist spot.

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